If you suspect an overdose, call 911 right away.

Kinds of Services.

Learn more about the kinds of supports and services available across the province.

Different services 

work for different


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Everyone is unique, and just as each path to substance use is different, each journey to safety and recovery is different. There are different services available to address different needs and different stages of the journey.

Help is available, and it comes in many forms. From harm reduction services to long-term treatments like OAT, different things will work for different people. To learn more about mental health and substance use supports, call 8-1-1 or visit HelpStartsHere.gov.bc.ca.


What is harm


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Harm reduction is an approach to the drug crisis that saves lives here and now by making things safer for people who use drugs. Supervised consumption sites, naloxone, and the Lifeguard app are all part of the harm reduction effort, as well as our campaign to stop the stigma.

Harm reduction services

What is treatment

and recovery?

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Treatment and recovery mean different things to different people. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone has their own needs and goals, and different approaches may work better for different people at different times. Remember that recovery isn’t a cure—it’s something people maintain every day.

If someone wants to change their relationship with substances or the way that they use them, there are services available to help that can meet them where they’re at in their recovery journey.

Treatment services

What is OAT?

This treatment is one way people with opioid use disorder can find stability, work towards recovery, or manage their opioid use long-term. It reduces the possibility of people overdosing or dying from opioid use and can improve the health and well-being of people living with opioid use disorder and their families.

Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) is a medical treatment for people who are addicted to opioids. In OAT, medical professionals provide safe, slow-acting opioid medication to reduce the symptoms of opioid use disorder. Commonly used medications include methadone and buprenorphine.

OAT isn’t for everyone—different people have different journeys of healing and recovery. If you are experiencing opioid use disorder, a doctor can help you decide what treatment is right for you and provide an OAT referral if appropriate.

Learn more about OAT or find a clinic near you.

Get help.

For yourself, a loved one, or a friend who may need help.